Inspired by Phildini’s Python Clock, I wanted to make a desktop version of a Python 2.7 countdown timer for the big event.
My countdown timer matches my mood, with thirteen different themes to choose from.
Most importantly, the countdown timer had to be written in Python itself. I used CircuitPython and a wifi-enabled Adafruit PyPortal with a touchscreen. The touchscreen allows you to quickly cycle through themes.
The PyPortal is an wifi-enabled microcontroller device featuring a 3” capacitive touchscreen and CircuitPython baked in.
It can be programmed with CircuitPython, a variant of Python that can be used to program microcontrollers, originally forked from MicroPython.
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